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01.30.13 Andy Cush

In the wake of Nechemya Weberman’s high-profile sex abuse trial, Hasidic Brooklyn’s modesty  committees–self-appointed, loosely organized groups of men who take it upon themselves to enforce the community’s explicit and implicit rules for appropriate dress and conduct–have received increased attention from non-Hasidic residents of New York. The Times published a fascinating report highlighting some of the squads’ […]

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09.24.12 Andy Cush

On the eve Yom Kippur, many Orthodox Jewish communities take part in Kaporos, a ritual that calls for the sacrifice of chickens by swinging them over the heads of practitioners and publicly butchering them, saying “this is my substitute, this is my exchange, this is my atonement. This fowl will go to death, and I […]

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